Religion Briefs
Saturday, February 9, 2002

Tibetan Buddhist Center holds meditation lectures

Two lectures on "Meditation for Healing the Mind and the Body" are being given this weekend at the Tibetan Buddhist Center, Kagyu Thegchen Ling, at 26 Gartley Place.

The sessions by Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche, a Buddhism teacher from Tibet now living in Petersburg, N.Y., are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. The cost is $55 per day. For information, call 595-8989.

Hare Krishna program includes vegetarian meal

Hare Krishna members will describe their beliefs and serve a vegetarian meal when they host a Feb. 17 program.

The presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hare Krishna Temple, 51 Coelho Lane, is part of the Open Table Pilgrimage. The series offers visitors an educational visit to a different church or temple each month.

Woman fired from library files 1st Amendment suit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. >> A woman who claims she was fired from a public library for refusing to remove a necklace with a cross on it sued the library last week, saying her First Amendment rights were violated.

Kimberly Draper's former supervisor, Linda Kompanik, called the charge "untrue."

According to the suit, a library dress code bans "religious, political or potentially offensive decoration."

California Muslims use billboards to polish image

LOS ANGELES >> Billboards to improve Islam's image are going up along California highways. Three billboards sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations show men and women of varying ethnicity with the message: "Even a smile is Charity -- a message from your Muslim neighbor."

"There have been some people who have damaged the image of Islam," said CAIR executive Hussam Ayloush, and "our goal is to simply correct that."

Buddhist forum will discuss terrorism and war

"Buddhism, Terrorism and War: What Should We Do?" is the topic of a forum to be presented next Saturday at the annual meeting of the Hawaii Association of International Buddhists.

The dinner meeting will be held at Mu-Ryang-Sa Temple of Hawaii, 2420 Halelaau Place. The program will begin with a 5:30 p.m. tour of the Korean Buddhist temple in Palolo.

Speakers at the forum will include retired Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Bishop Yoshiaki Fujitani, Kyle Kajihiro of the American Friends Service Committee and Tom Davidson-Marx of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Glenn Paige of the Center for Global Nonviolence will serve as moderator.

Tomorrow is the deadline for reservations. Call Irene Matsumoto at 737-5177.


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